The athlete said that if he fails to qualify for the national team, he intends to engage in the development of short track in Russia.
Short tracker and six-time Olympic champion Viktor An told the Korean media that he intends to continue to play for the Russian team and take part in the Olympic Games of 2022 in Beijing. According to him, he wants to take part in the qualifying national tournament in August.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I am going to get into the national team and continue to play as long as I remain part of it. I want to take part in the Beijing Olympics, my country is Russia, I can’t play for South Korea.[/perfectpullquote]
An also stated that if he fails to qualify for the national team, he could take up the development of short track in Russia.
In September 2018, it became known that An, who is the most titled short trekist in history, decided to end his career and rejected the offer to work as a coach with the Russian national team. According to Ana, in fact, then he took time to think, as he was disappointed by the lack of an invitation to the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, where the Russian team played under a neutral flag.